Cataracts are a common feature of getting older. As we age, the lenses in our eyes become cloudy and make it difficult to see.
But it isn’t only the elderly affected by cataracts– most people above the age of forty are at increased risk. For some, cataracts are annoying but develop slowly.
With slow development, they may not warrant intervention. For others, they can end up being a real hazard and impediment.
The only way to treat them is through cataract surgery. But how do you know when it’s time for surgery? It’s something to discuss with your doctor, but the final decision is up to you. Here are a few things to consider.
How are your cataracts affecting your work? If you use a computer or do a lot of reading and writing, you may have difficulty focusing because of cataracts.
This may be a nuisance at first, but as cataracts develop, it becomes harder to see up close. When cataracts make it too difficult to do what you need to for your job, you may want to consider cataract surgery.
Hobbies and Outdoor Activities
Even if you’re retired, or don’t have a job requiring up-close work, cataracts can end up affecting your leisure time.
If you enjoy sewing as a hobby, for example, you may have more trouble seeing what you’re working on.
Cataracts also cause a lot of glare. This can make things difficult for outdoor sports and activities. If you find that you’re unable to enjoy your favorite hobbies, it’s a good time to think about getting cataract surgery.
Cataracts cause glare, making it harder to see in low light. This especially makes it more difficult to see when driving at night. The glare from car headlights at night can be more intense than normal.
If you find it’s hard to drive at night, this can be a real danger! You’re better off not driving until after you’ve had cataract surgery. After cataract surgery, your vision will be restored!
Quality of Life
Getting cataract surgery comes down to how cataracts affect your overall life. Doctors recommend surgery when your cataracts begin to affect your quality of life.
Being unable to do your job safely and avoiding your favorite activities are a sign of this.
But there are other factors to consider as well. Consider what you do every day and how your cataracts affect how you do it.
If you have to put in more work to compensate for your vision, it’s time to deal with your cataracts.
Cataract surgery may seem scary, but not having control over your vision is scarier! Don’t let fear stand in your way of living your life anymore.
After cataract surgery, you can have your quality of life back.
Want to learn more about cataract surgery and any questions you may have about the procedure? Contact Georgia Eye Associates today to schedule an evaluation! You owe it to yourself to take the first step towards a life of clear vision!